Katy Perry has asked to keep her deposition in Kesha’s sex assault lawsuit against Dr. Luke sealed, citing the potential harm she feels it could cause her career.
A lawyer for Perry, who in the filings is referred to by her legal name, Katheryn Hudson, wrote in court papers that unsealing the testimony could cause “significant harm” to her “career and reputation.” From Page Six:
“Because of her high-profile status as an artist, advocate and role model, Ms. Hudson is vulnerable to ‘gossip column’ frenzy aimed at exaggerating salacious matters having little to nothing to do with the merits—whatever they may be — of the substantive, material issues in this case,” lawyer Hal Shaftel wrote.
Perry’s involvement in the case stems from a text message Kesha sent to Lady Gaga in 2017, alleging that Dr. Luke had raped Perry.
Kesha’s ordeal stretches all the way back to 2014, when she filed a lawsuit attempting to be removed from her contract with Kemosabe Records after alleging that Dr. Luke sexually, physically, and emotionally abused her. Four years later, the battle is still raging.
The emergency sealing motion was filed on Monday after Shaftel learned a Manhattan Supreme Court judge was considering releasing the transcript this week.